Department of Biology
A Higher Education in Biology
The Department of Biology offers majors in Biology and Biochemistry-Molecular Biology (BCMB). Students may also choose a minor in Biology, or choose to work on the requirements for HBU’s numerous pre-professional programs, including Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Physician Assistant programs. Our department also offers coursework that supports Houston Baptist University’s nursing program and teacher education program.
The faculty members of the Biology Department (pictured above) have all earned PhDs in different areas of biology. Each of our lecture and lab courses is taught by experts in biology who enjoy teaching and are dedicated to student learning. HBU’s small classes build immediate rapport that facilitates mentoring which continues on a long-term basis outside of the classroom.
Houston Baptist University has an established history of a successful Pre-Med program, while remaining strong in the general biology field.
Biology majors take a core of biology classes, but also choose upper-level courses from a variety of electives. The Biology Core consists of General Biology I and II, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Research in Biology, and Integrating the Biological Concepts, a class designed to ensure that you graduate with a cohesive and broad understanding of the field of biology.
The biology electives include a wide variety of courses in rapidly-expanding areas, including endocrinology, neuroscience, pharmacology, advanced cellular biology, virology, immunology, and cancer biology.
A Cain Foundation Grant of $250,000 has helped to fund laboratories for the expanding biology curriculum. The new equipment allows the biology teaching labs to include molecular biology methodologies in the curriculum such as gel electrophoresis, chromatography, spectrophotometry, and PCR technology.
The Biology department also offers a Biochemistry-Molecular Biology (or BCMB) major. This major incorporates the prerequisite training needed for you to compete for spaces in medical school, dental school, and graduate programs in the biological sciences. In addition, students may seek entry-level employment in biomedical research at academic institutions and in the biotechnology industry.
Students are encouraged to apply for summer positions in research institutions. Numerous students from the Houston Baptist University College of Science and Mathematics have been accepted into summer research programs at University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Houston, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, and Rice University.
In addition to our pre-med, general biology, and BCMB programs, HBU trains a number of STEM education majors each year. The Biology department contributes to the Life Science major and the Composite Science major to meet the increasing demand in Texas for science teachers who are trained to teach science. The Biology department offers a Composite Science major for both middle school and secondary school teachers. These majors prepare education majors to teach physics, chemistry, and biology at the middle or secondary school level.
We in the Biology Department feel that learning through research is an outstanding tool to develop scientific minds. All Biology and BCMB majors will participate in undergraduate research in their Microbiology and Research in Biology classes that are required for the majors.
We offer an Honors in Biology or Honors in BCMB designation for majors. This involves the completion of a major independent research project conducted over multiple semesters under the guidance of the Biology faculty. Independent research is a tremendous learning tool, and can significantly help a student’s application to post-baccalaureate programs. Contact Dr. Lisa Ellis for more information.
There are also active student groups for you to join.
The Biology Club provides the opportunity for all biology students to come together and participate in research, community service, and other biologically relevant activities, such as field trips.
The Biology Club is supported by the members of the Biological Honor Society, TriBeta. Members of TriBeta have the opportunity to compete for scholarships, perform research and have their research published as an abstract that is presented at an annual convention. Contact Dr. Agnieszka Czopik or Dr. Lisa Ellis for more information.
The Under the Microscope Speaker Series is hosted by the HBU Biology Department, and features monthly research talks from scientists around the Houston area. It is a great opportunity for students to hear engaging scientific talks from respected scientists right here on the HBU campus.
Because the city of Houston offers a unique research environment, we have made short field trips to explore the Houston Medical Center, and to attend talks given by Nobel Prize-winning scientists.
In order to be a true community, the Biology department embraces a spirit of collegiality among its faculty and students.
We have celebrations throughout the year to celebrate holidays and important biology events like National DNA Day or Arbor Day.
We also host friendly competitions so that the students may learn to work as a team.
Students are always welcome in our Cullen Science Center, and we have made every effort to provide the students with amenities to help them feel at home. The lounges, located in areas surrounded by faculty offices, are routinely filled with students laughing, talking and studying.
We know our students and they know their professors.
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